Rural women in the Jarama sector, Ngoma District, have built wealth worth over Rwf200 million by earning, saving, and investing money thanks to solar-powered irrigation intervention financed by three UN Rome Based Agencies. The cooperative comprises 163 members, of whom 144 are women.
One of the clean cooking technologies anticipated on the carbon market in Rwanda, to replace traditional cooking methods, is “bioethanol cooking fuel.” This fuel is derived from agricultural waste, such as the by-products of sugar production.
The updated NEP is a direct response to the latest statistics on electricity access, as revealed by the National Institute of Statistics. Rwanda’s revised NEP seeks to connect 52 percent of households to the national grid and allocate 48 percent to off-grid solutions, which include Stand Alone Solar Systems (SAS) and micro-grids.
Before the switch to solar, the water system was powered strictly by a diesel generator. The price of using these generators is steep, measured in financial costs as well as high carbon emissions. Sustainable solar-powered water systems save money, protect communities from climate shocks and ease the water burden for girls.
Africa’s largest electric vehicle provider, Spiro, is rolling out plug-and-play EV motorcycles across Rwanda, Togo and Kenya. Spiro is partnering with utility company Bboxx for the project, leveraging Bboxx’s distribution network to connect the e-bikes, allowing users to swap bike batteries at Bboxx shops and distribution centers.
Rwanda is considering a five-year plan that will see the East Africa country with 100 percent of power supply, says the CEO of the Rwanda Atomic Energy Board, Fidel Ndahayo. He says, ROSATOM along with Rwanda are co-operating and strengthening the relationship and giving a chance to Rwanda to have reliable power supply.
The project falls within the government’s efforts to reach 100% electricity coverage by 2024. The SFD-funded project aims to build an electric network of medium- and low-voltage lines and power distribution transformers to connect to homes and governmental and social services in Rwanda’s Kamonia region.
Following in the footsteps of Tunisia and Togo, Rwanda is now exempting electric vehicles from customs duties. This measure should encourage the mass adoption of low-pollution modes of transport in this East African country. As such, it applies exclusively to two-wheelers, tricycles and all cars that do not run on fossil fuels (petrol or diesel).
In addition to powering irrigation systems, renewable energy can also be used for other agricultural processes, such as crop drying, storage, and processing. By reducing the reliance on traditional biomass fuels, such as firewood and charcoal, the adoption of clean energy technologies can help reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Government of Rwanda and Vivo Energy on Thursday signed a deal that aims to introduce more than 200 electric buses in the country, marking a significant step towards sustainable mobility. In conjunction with the agreement, the Government of Rwanda recently announced tax policy reforms, effective from the upcoming financial year.